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Architect leads protest at nuclear power station site

Mo Kelly outside the Heysham nuclear site

Mo Kelly outside the Heysham nuclear site

Protesters have warned about potential dangers at Heysham Power Station if there are storm surges on the coast in the future.

Protesters have warned about potential dangers at Heysham Power Station if there are storm surges on the coast in the future.

Former Garstang resident Mo Kelly lead the peaceful protest outside the nuclear power station at the weekend.

The architect, sister to Garstang’s parish priest Fr David Elder, was joined by more than 60 adults and children in a vigil outside the southernmost tip of the station.

The group gathered to mark the third anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan and to highlight the need for vigilance at nuclear plants to ensure there is adequate protection against rising sea levels and storm surges.

They displayed banners, read messages, including some from Japan, and handed over a letter to Alan Oulton, director of Heysham 2, asking what safety measures had been taken to safeguard the Heysham site as a direct response to the failures at Fukushima.

It claimed work to improve flood defences at Heysham 1 was incomplete.

Mo said: “It was peaceful, it was positive and it was hopeful. It’s important to open up a dialogue.” Mr Oulton said: “Heysham 1 has been operating safely since 1983 and Heysham 2 since 1988.

“As a responsible company, we are always looking at ways to improve every aspect of all we do on site and, although we have no significant concerns at present and no safety concerns regarding our sea defences, all our operations are open to scrutiny from our many independent regulators such as the Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.”

 

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